Kimberly Toscano was named Principal Timpanist with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra in May 2007 and joined the orchestra for the start of the 2007 – 2008 season.
Ms. Toscano enjoys a varied career, having performed as percussionist and timpanist with a variety of orchestras including the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Tucson Chamber Artists, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic, and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Chamber Orchestra of Boston.
As a fellowship recipient of prestigious music festivals nationally and internationally, Ms. Toscano has attended the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan and the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, Maryland where she shared the stage with such esteemed conductors as Riccardo Muti, Valerie Gergiev, and Andrey Boreyko, and collaborated with the musicians of the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonic Orchestras, as well as principal players of major orchestras throughout the US.
A native of New York, Ms. Toscano holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from Hofstra University, where she graduated cum laude and was granted membership into the national music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda, and the Golden Key International Honour Society. She then went on to attend the New England Conservatory where she received a Master of Music in Percussion Performance, graduating with Academic Honors. Upon completing her Masters Degree, she continued her post-graduate studies at New England Conservatory. Ms. Toscano was then invited to attend Carnegie Mellon University’s Performance Residency Program, which she participated in for one year, before being hired by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.
A passionate educator, Ms. Toscano was thrilled to join the percussion faculty at University of Arizona in 2008. She also maintains a private percussion studio and is an active clinician and mentor for young musicians in the greater Tucson area.